Local prairie perfect classroom for New York students
August 3, 2011 8:36PM
From left, Francisco Lopez, Bill Bromer, Gabriel Gray, Allison Cisneros, Keiffon Harris, and Tyquann Mars work to capture and identify crayfish in a creek at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Wednesday, August 3, 2011. | Brett Roseman ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 2, 2011 7:10PM
Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future brought New York students to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to experience nature for a month.
The Nature Conservency sent 72 kids to 19 nature preserves this summer as part of the LEAF program, made possible by a $3.1 million gift from the Toyota USA Foundation.
At Midewin, the three interns and their mentor will help restore grasslands by removing invasive species, plant native species, harvest seeds and monitor water quality.
On Wednesday, they caught, measured and identified crayfish from a creek on Midewin’s many acres between Elwood and Wilmington.